Monday, May 3, 2021

Seven great thrillers that play with the writing form

Amy Suiter Clarke is a writer and communications specialist. Originally from a small town in Minnesota, she completed an undergraduate in theater in the Twin Cities. She then moved to London and earned an MFA in Creative Writing with Publishing at Kingston University. She currently works for a university library in Melbourne, Australia.

Clarke's debut novel is Girl, 11.

[The Page 69 Test: Girl, 11]

At CrimeReads she tagged seven favorite thrillers that play with the writing form, including:
Sadie by Courtney Summers

My book wouldn’t exist in its current form if I hadn’t read Sadie. These days, there are plenty of books that make use of podcast transcripts as part of the narrative, but this was one of the first and still had the strongest impact on me as a reader. The story is told through the perspective of Sadie, a young girl determined to find her sister’s killer, and West McCray, a podcast host working in the near-future on trying to find Sadie after she goes missing. The transcripts are expertly constructed, building the tension to a heart-stopping, astonishing end that I still find myself thinking about years later.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Sadie is among Kate McLaughlin's seven top fictional characters who are bent but not broken and Kate Kessler's six top revenge thrillers featuring female protagonists.

--Marshal Zeringue